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Video Shows Cops Allegedly Breaking Woman’s Face During Arrest

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — A bartender and model is broadening her lawsuit against San Francisco transit police to include an Oakland cop after she says they used excessive force while booking her on St. Patrick’s Day last year and caused her to break at least four bones in her face.

Megan Sheehan acknowledges she was intoxicated and belligerent when she was apprehended at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station, but says officers left her with permanent physical damage after taking her to the nearby jail to charge her.

“I should have never gotten that drunk, but also there are ways to detain someone and not break their face,” she told ABC station KGO-TV.

The dramatic moment was caught on security cameras from inside the Santa Rita jail, as well as body cameras that were being worn by officers near Sheehan, showing how two officers appear to throw her to the ground right after she turned toward one of the officers and told him to stop touching her.

An audible thud can be heard as Sheehan hit the ground, and people standing near are heard gasping. An officer kneeling next to her after she hit the ground can be heard requesting medical help.

According to the lawsuit filed by Sheehan’s attorney last July, she suffered “serious head injuries including but not limited to fracturing four of her cheek bones, splitting her molar, and cracking a front tooth.”

The video shows Sheehan lying unconscious in a pool of blood as people near her, though it is unclear exactly who, say her name to try and get her to respond.

Sheehan, who is now 28 but was 27 at the time of the incident, did not remember anything of what happened on the night of the altercation, and it was only after her attorneys obtained video from inside the police station that they were able to determine how she broke the bones in her face.

“Finally, when we saw this last video we saw that, ‘Oh, she couldn’t put her hands out because they were being held behind her back,'” Liza de Vries, one of Sheehan’s attorneys, told ABC News Monday.

“She’s still recovering mentally from what happened. Physically she’s still having her teeth repaired. Her facial bones have recovered…though she can still feel that they were broken,” de Vries said.

The suit says that she spent two days being treated in a nearby hospital and never faced criminal charges.

De Vries told ABC News that they have an amendment hearing scheduled for the case on May 28 because they have now learned that in addition to a BART police officer there was also an Oakland police officer who was allegedly holding one of Sheehan’s arms behind her back when she was pushed to the ground. As a result, they will ask to have that officer and the Oakland police department added as defendants in the suit.

ABC News’ calls to BART police and the Oakland police department were not immediately returned. They told KGO they would not comment on the case because it is in active litigation, though attorneys for BART have denied liability in earlier court proceedings.

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Weather Delays Search for Four Sailors in Alabama

iStock/Thinkstock(MOBILE BAY, Ala.) — Storms have put a temporary halt to the U.S. Coast Guard’s efforts Monday to find four people who disappeared after hurricane-like weather struck a regatta in Alabama this weekend.

“We’ve covered about 3,000 square miles,” Coast Guard Capt. Duke Walker said, “but safety is my biggest concern….We continue to search as opposed to recover. [We] still have the hope for the best thing to happen.”

The Coast Guard said it planned to resume the search for the sailors Monday evening.

More than 100 sailboats and about 200 people were participating in the 57th annual Dauphin Island regatta, held in Mobile Bay, Alabama, when the storm hit Saturday. Sailboats overturned, leaving many stranded in the water, authorities said. Good Samaritans and local authorities assisted in the rescue efforts.

Joshua Edwards’ family got caught in the storm after the 18-mile race ended. He said what started as a day of fun quickly took a turn for the worse when relatives said they saw a twister. His mother, who was at the helm of the vessel, even lost her life jacket to the screaming winds. It took the Edwards family five white-knuckle hours to make it back to Alabama.

Edwards told ABC News Monday that despite the warnings in Saturday’s forecast, the circumstances were not considered dangerous for experienced sailors. Nearly 60-mph winds and reported 10-foot waves pushed him and his crew eight miles out of their way as they passed other boats in distress.

The bodies of two sailors were found, according to the state’s Department of Public Safety, but their names and the names of the missing had not been released. The sailors were located along the shoreline and in the bay.

Authorities had originally said that five people were missing but one person was found at home. More than 40 people had been rescued since Saturday.

Officials said Monday they were checking 10 submerged vessels and had cleared several others.

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Teacher Credited with Stopping Shooter at Washington School

iStock/Thinkstock(OLYMPIA, Wash.) — A Washington high school teacher is credited with apprehending a shooter at the school where he works Monday.

In a statement, Brady Olson, an Advanced Placement Government teacher at North Thurston High School who the school district says is credited with stopping the shooter, said he was “happy…that everyone is safe after today’s incident.” The North Thurston Public Schools’ Twitter account said that no one was hurt in the incident and that the school was dismissed early.

Shooter apprehended by staff. Reportedly nobody hurt. School will be dismissed after police finish sweeping school. School messenger coming

— N. Thurston Schools (@NTPSnews) April 27, 2015

Suspect is in custody the students will be released to their parents at South sound stadium

— N. Thurston Schools (@NTPSnews) April 27, 2015

“From administrators to teachers, all reacted to a very intense situation with incredible tact and professionalism,” Olson said. “No one, including myself, can prepare for a situation like this.”

Olson mentioned three other men who also played a role in apprehending the shooter — Tim Brown, the school’s dean of students, Principal Steve Rood and Security Officer Jim Beltico.

“North Thurston High School’s staff handled this like every other staff in every city, in every state, across this country would,” Olson concluded. “I’m incredibly proud to be a member of the bigger community of educators who teach and take care of our kids every day.”

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Louisiana Train Cars Tumble Off Track Due to Strong Winds

WGNO(JEFFERSON PARISH, La.) — Dramatic video captured train cars that derailed and fell off an elevated train track due to strong winds in Louisiana.

Like toys tumbling over like dominoes, the real train was blown off the track as the camera was rolling in heavy rain near a restaurant called Raising Cane’s in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

Strong winds knocked over some train cars around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, though no injuries were reported, according to ABC News affiliate WGNO.

The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad issued the following statement: “Due to the severe weather this morning four Union Pacific Railroad railcars derailed and dropped off the eastbank approach to the Huey P. Long Bridge. The railcars were empty and did not contain any hazardous materials. No leaks and no injuries are reported at this time. Jefferson Parish Police, Fire and other responders are on scene to secure the area.”

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James Holmes Appears Starkly Different as Aurora Shooting Trial Begins

ABC News(AURORA, Colo.) — Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was present in court Monday for the opening of his trial, and looked dramatically different from his earlier court appearances.

Holmes, who has previously been seen wearing an orange prison jumpsuit in various court hearings, was wearing khakis, a blue-and-white striped button-down shirt and glasses. On Monday, he also had a small mustache and beard.

His new look comes in stark contrast to his earlier appearances, when his unkempt hair was dyed bright orange.

Holmes appeared at a pretrial hearing at the Arapahoe County courthouse earlier Monday morning, when he read from several typed pages before the official trial began.

Victims’ relatives were not allowed in Monday morning’s hearing but will be seated in court for the trial. Each seat has a decorum notice taped to the back, warning audience members that they may be banned from court if they make any audible comments or have an outburst.

Holmes has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, which means he acknowledges killing 12 people and injuring 70 more inside a movie theater in July 2012.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. If he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would be committed indefinitely to a state mental institution. But if he were later deemed sane, he could, theoretically, be released, though legal experts say that is unlikely.

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James Holmes Appears Starkly Different as Aurora Shooting Trial Begins

ABC News(AURORA, Colo.) — Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was present in court Monday for the opening of his trial, and looked dramatically different from his earlier court appearances.

Holmes, who has previously been seen wearing an orange prison jumpsuit in various court hearings, was wearing khakis, a blue-and-white striped button-down shirt and glasses. On Monday, he also had a small mustache and beard.

His new look comes in stark contrast to his earlier appearances, when his unkempt hair was dyed bright orange.

Holmes appeared at a pretrial hearing at the Arapahoe County courthouse earlier Monday morning, when he read from several typed pages before the official trial began.

Victims’ relatives were not allowed in Monday morning’s hearing but will be seated in court for the trial. Each seat has a decorum notice taped to the back, warning audience members that they may be banned from court if they make any audible comments or have an outburst.

Holmes has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, which means he acknowledges killing 12 people and injuring 70 more inside a movie theater in July 2012.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. If he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would be committed indefinitely to a state mental institution. But if he were later deemed sane, he could, theoretically, be released, though legal experts say that is unlikely.

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Multiple Police Officers Injured as People Clash with Police in Baltimore

Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Multiple police officers were injured in Baltimore Monday in violent protests after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal injury while in police custody earlier this month.

Police said a group of protesters were throwing bricks in the direction of officers near the Mondawmin Mall. A police presence in the area had been building throughout the afternoon Monday.

One of our officers has been injured at Mondawmin Mall. The group continues to throw bricks and other items at police officers.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

Additional officers have been injured in the area of Liberty Heights and Reisterstown Rd. The group continues to throw bricks at officers

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

We are continuing to deploy resources into the neighborhoods around Mondawmin Mall to ensure everyone remains safe.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

Baltimore City Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said at a press availability that seven officers had been seriously injured and one was unconscious.

Before Gray’s funeral on Monday, police had announced that there was a credible threat against law enforcement officers. A police press release warned that members of gangs including the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerilla Family “have entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers.”

Volatile protests had been held throughout the weekend, with some violence reported. Baltimore City Police said that between Saturday afternoon and the early morning Sunday, there had been 34 arrests.

Gray was picked up by police on Sunday, April 12. Police have not officially disclosed a reason why he was taken into custody, though they said Gray fled after officers made eye contact with him.

He went into a coma on Thursday, April 16, and died the morning of Sunday, April 19, his family attorney has said.

Controversy over Gray’s arrest spread across the country when footage shot by bystanders appeared to show Gray shouting in pain as he was apprehended.

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Multiple Police Officers Injured as People Clash with Police in Baltimore

Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Multiple police officers were injured in Baltimore Monday in violent protests after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal injury while in police custody earlier this month.

Police said a group of protesters were throwing bricks in the direction of officers near the Mondawmin Mall. A police presence in the area had been building throughout the afternoon Monday.

One of our officers has been injured at Mondawmin Mall. The group continues to throw bricks and other items at police officers.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

Additional officers have been injured in the area of Liberty Heights and Reisterstown Rd. The group continues to throw bricks at officers

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

We are continuing to deploy resources into the neighborhoods around Mondawmin Mall to ensure everyone remains safe.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

Baltimore City Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said at a press availability that seven officers had been seriously injured and one was unconscious.

Before Gray’s funeral on Monday, police had announced that there was a credible threat against law enforcement officers. A police press release warned that members of gangs including the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerilla Family “have entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers.”

Volatile protests had been held throughout the weekend, with some violence reported. Baltimore City Police said that between Saturday afternoon and the early morning Sunday, there had been 34 arrests.

Gray was picked up by police on Sunday, April 12. Police have not officially disclosed a reason why he was taken into custody, though they said Gray fled after officers made eye contact with him.

He went into a coma on Thursday, April 16, and died the morning of Sunday, April 19, his family attorney has said.

Controversy over Gray’s arrest spread across the country when footage shot by bystanders appeared to show Gray shouting in pain as he was apprehended.

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Louisiana Train Cars Tumble Off Track Due to Strong Winds

WGNO(JEFFERSON PARISH, La.) — Dramatic video captured train cars that derailed and fell off an elevated train track due to strong winds in Louisiana.

Like toys tumbling over like dominoes, the real train was blown off the track as the camera was rolling in heavy rain near a restaurant called Raising Cane’s in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

Strong winds knocked over some train cars around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, though no injuries were reported, according to ABC News affiliate WGNO.

The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad issued the following statement: “Due to the severe weather this morning four Union Pacific Railroad railcars derailed and dropped off the eastbank approach to the Huey P. Long Bridge. The railcars were empty and did not contain any hazardous materials. No leaks and no injuries are reported at this time. Jefferson Parish Police, Fire and other responders are on scene to secure the area.”

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SpaceX Dragon Gets Ready for Crucial Launch Test

SpaceX(NEW YORK) — It’s proven its mettle carrying cargo to and from the International Space Station and now the Dragon capsule is gearing up for a crucial safety test.

As early as May 5, SpaceX will make its first attempt for a pad abort test of a Dragon capsule designed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Instead of being atop a Falcon 9 rocket, the capsule will sit on a test stand for the development test, according to NASA.

Being able to abort a launch and safely evacuate crew is a crucial milestone SpaceX will need to pass before the capsule begins transporting astronauts as early as 2017. During the interim, NASA has been purchasing seats aboard the Russian Soyuz.

NASA last year awarded multi-billion dollar deals to Boeing and SpaceX for development of spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to and from space.

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